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Man arrested after his 4-year-old daughter is found wandering alone

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David Freeman (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) David Freeman (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 4-year-old girl is found roaming the street near Bardstown Road and the Douglass Loop and police say her father was at home, passed out from taking drugs. He is now locked up at Metro Corrections.

"We were just kind of like shock, you know, 'cause there was you know, no parent around," said Cathy Price, with Buschemeyer Jewelers.

They're always happy to see customers with money in hand at Buschemeyer Jewelers near the Loop, but no one expected what happened on Monday.

"A little girl just came wandering in and had a hand full of money," said Price. She is a sales associate and says she and others immediately started questioning the little girl.

"We asked her, you know, where her mom was and she said that she didn't think that she had a mom," said Price. That's when Metro Police were called to the scene and were able to eventually locate the child's father nearby.

"Apparently was at home in his apartment on Harvard Drive asleep in the bedroom. Had absolutely no idea that his child was out, unsupervised with absolutely no adults nearby," explained Alicia Smiley, with Metro Police.

The child's father, David Freeman, was arrested and he made his first court appearance on Tuesday morning.

"Alright, Mr. Freeman, you're charged with wanton endangerment in the first degree and drug paraphernalia and possession," said Karl Price, prosecutor.

Police say they found a marijuana pipe next to Freeman and they suspect he had been taking drugs.

Smiley explained, "For what period of the day, I am not certain, but it was enough that he was not aware of the surroundings or the well-being of his child."

Police say the child well-being isn't the only thing Freeman may have neglected.

"Ironically, this was the child's 4th birthday, certainly not the way you would anticipate any child spending their birthday," said Smiley.

That's why Cathy Price still has questions about how it all happened.

"With her being so young and then out...you know, you're wondering where her parents were and who was supposed to be watching her," said Price.

David Freeman is charged with wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is also being held on a $1,500 bond.

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